From intense, mysterious dramas to sharp, witty comedies, we’ve got you covered this summer with the latest reads to add to your bookshelf.
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
A page-turning mystery inspired by the real-life disappearance of three lighthouse keepers off the UK coast in 1972. Why was the door locked from the inside and why did all the clocks stop? Decades later, the women they left behind still search for answers. Haunting, engrossing, and tense. (Picador)
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
When Somali sailor Mahmood Mattan is accused of murder in 1950s cardiff, he is secure in his innocence. But when he comes up against prejudice and conspiracy – in a country where men like him are often scapegoated – will hope, humor, and the truth be enough to save him? (Viking)
Animal by Lisa Taddeo
One of the most anticipated books of the year. This first novel from the writer of 2019’s incandescent bestseller three women takes as its antihero a wisecracking woman on a cross-country road trip of self-discovery, fueled by rage after being pushed to the brink yet again by a man. Provocative, gripping, and engaging. (Bloomsbury)
Second Place by Rachel Cusk
Would you ask a stranger to come live with you in the hopes of enlivening your boring existence? When a middle-aged female writer invites a male painter she admires to live in her guesthouse for the summer, drama, comedy, and revelations ensue. (Faber)
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is the first novel from the Nobel laureate since 2015’s the buried giant and gives another glimpse into a dystopian near- future. The Titular Klara is an Android friend tasked with looking after a sick human girl, discovering love and humanity in the process. (Faber)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Her 2016 book Homegoing announced a major new talent, and Gyasi’s instantly award-nominated new novel doesn’t disappoint. When Gifty’s mother moves in with her, old family wounds are dissected in Gyasi’s lyrical, incisive prose.
Originally published in the July/August 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia